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West Virginia Creates Healthcare Program for $30 A Year For Those Employed But Cannot Afford Health Insurance & Make Too Much fo

Posted Dec 12 2010 3:00am

To qualify one must be between the ages of 19 and 64, and make less than $43,320 for a single person or $88,200 for a family of four.  This is to fill the gap for those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid so it looks like we have a new doughnut hole, this time health insurance. image

There is a catch here with the patients having their medical data placed in a data base that the state will use to to create more informed decisions.  West Virginia Connect received a grant from HHS to help the cause.  The centers that see patients will be paid a flat $35 a month and will focus on preventive health care.

The full plans are still being formulated but the program is on the way.  The more stories I read like this it certainly is making a single payer plan look more attractive all the time as these are good programs, but in the long run, only regional band aids and the big problem still exists.  BD 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten thousand uninsured West Virginia workers will get almost-free, nonhospital health care for the next five years through a huge new state-sponsored demonstration project.

Each person will pay no more than $30 a year for unlimited doctor visits, immunizations and screenings, chronic disease management, and minor surgical procedures. So far, more than 2,500 people have signed up at eight participating community health centers, according to a Gazette-Mail phone survey of the centers.

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